Advice I Would Give My Younger Self

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IEEE WIE (Women in Engineering) Webinar Series

Karen Bartleson, 2017 IEEE President and CEO, shares her experiences growing up, becoming interested in engineering, and dealing with being the only woman in the room. Bartleson recognizes the keys to staying successful, communicating effectively and staying true to yourself on your career journey.


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Karen Bartleson

Karen Bartleson was the 2017 President and CEO of IEEE. Karen has over 35 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, specifically in electronic design automation. Karen retired as Senior Director of Corporate Programs and Initiatives at Synopsys, an electronic design automation company, where her responsibilities included creating programs for technical standards development, software tool interoperability, and creating and maintaining strong relationships with universities and research institutions worldwide. Prior to Synopsys, Karen brought her exceptional professional and leadership skills to bear at United Technologies Microelectronics Center and Texas Instruments.

Karen was President of the IEEE Standards Association in 2013 and 2014. During her tenure, she led the development of a new strategic plan, furthered the principles of the OpenStand marketdriven standardization paradigm, and finalized IEEE’s membership in the Global Standards Collaboration.

As a member of and leader within the IEEE Board of Directors in 2013 and 2014, she chaired and led the development of the strategic plan for the IEEE Internet Initiative Committee, whose charter is to raise IEEE’s influence and profile in the areas of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and cyber-privacy policy development. She was also a member of the IEEE Strategy Committee, overseeing the development of the role of IEEE in global public policy.

Karen has published numerous articles about standards and universities and has authored the book “The Ten Commandments for Effective Standards: Practical Insights for Creating Technical Standards” (Synopsys Press, 2010). In 2003, she received the Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award. She earned a B.S. in Engineering Science with a concentration in Electronic Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in 1980.

Publication Year: 2019

Advice I Would Give My Younger Self
  • Course Provider: IEEE Women in Engineering
  • Course Number: WIE002
  • Duration (Hours): 1
  • Credits: None